Villgro Philippines


Villgro Philippines (registered name: Unlock Impact Ventures Inc.) has 5 years of proven expertise in mentoring and funding women entrepreneurs who are addressing the most urgent social issues, through innovative market-based models, experienced mentors, and learning resources. A gender smart incubator, Villgro Philippines set up the WE Rise Community (now called the Nüshu Network), an access-to-finance platform to connect women entrepreneurs to investors, mentors, support organizations, and access tools and resources in partnership with UN Women in 2021. Building impactful, innovative, and successful enterprises while using a gender lens is the core of Villgro Philippines’ expertise.

This expertise and the existing work of Villgro Philippines on early-stage incubation, community building for women entrepreneurs, and active ecosystem-building efforts to unlock capital for early-stage women entrepreneurs make Villgro Philippines an ideal partner for growing the gender lens investing ecosystem in the Philippines and the region by growing the pool of General Partners and Limited Partners investing with a gender lens. Villgro Philippines programs and work with women entrepreneurs have won many awards including being recognized as a Youth Gender Champion in 2020, Gender Responsive Marketplace for SMEs in 2021 by the UN Women Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards.

Villgro Philippines is also a certified gender-smart organization under the GLIA (Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration) standards of ygap and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.



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India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

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Access to Networks, Coaching and Mentoring of Management, Fundraising and/or Revenue Strategy, Marketing and Communication, Operational Management, Revenue Strategy, Strategy Consulting

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